EAST AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – It was an unusually mild winter, and that has led to some local trees and shrubs to start blooming early. So what happens when we get a shot of cold and snow this weekend?
“When you get one of these weird little warm periods and things start to bloom early, or even start then have to stop and the bloom gets frozen, the plants recover but it’s not as pretty of a Spring, because they just don’t have the energy to do it twice.” explains Dr. Robert Warren, an assistant professor for the Buffalo State Biology Department. “That’s going to take a whole other growing season of photosynthesizing.”
Experts stress that this is purely aesthetic and the trees will be fine, but that might not be the same for some of your seasonal flowers. Most Springtime flowers can withstand a couple nights below freezing, but for a prolonged period of cold, you should cover your flowers with burlap or cloth at nighttime, and then remove it in the daytime. Any holiday flower arrangements should also be kept indoors until the warm weather settles in.
We still have a few weeks before Spring gardens can confidently take hold, but now is the time to clean your garden area, gather supplies, and get ready for a good season.